MUS 280 What Makes Music Great?

Much of the critical discourse about music centers on separating the "great" from the average. This is a course about greatness in music. In it we will discuss the mythologies and commonly perceived criteria that define cultural importance or technical greatness in music. We will look for common rhetoric across many different genres and will deal with popular images of music in film and criticism, the technical parameters of "great music, and the interpretation of music.




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